BCCT gets given the drum

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The British Chamber of Commerce Thailand (BCCT) was the host for the combined chambers of commerce networking held in the Hard Rock Hotel’s “Drum Room”.

Hands up all those who remember the mezzanine floor above the Hard Rock Cafe.  Hot as hell.  Great view over Pattaya Bay, but you needed an asbestos suit to stay there more than 10 minutes.

Well, you can forget about that as GM ‘George’ Smith has overseen a complete makeover, with the venue now totally glassed in so the sunset is still in view, but it is also air-conditioned!  Hallelujah, through the application of modern technology ‘global’ warming has been defeated, turning the venue into one of the most pleasant places in Pattaya and one that Marcom manager Gia was very proud of.

(L to R) Alexander Martin from AmCham and Ken Brookes, KA Shin Manufacturing (Thailand) Co., Ltd.

Waving the BCCT flag were BCCT Chairman Simon Matthews (in a red floral shirt obviously left over from Songkran), Vice Chairman Chris Thatcher, Executive Director Greg Watkins, Business Development Manager Jintana Phenix, and other assistants.

Sponsors of the event included Andrew McDowell, the Group Managing Director of Vinarco International, a company in the recruitment industry, with several of his employees including Matt Wolstenholme, Regional Director of Vinarco International, and ladies from Vinarco International, Rachelle P. Calma, Senior Recruitment Consultant, May Sanguanchati, Recruitment Manager, and Thanya Sirinarongchai, Recruitment Consultant.

(L to R) Mark Butters, Director, RSM Advisory Thailand Ltd., chats with Tony Keenan, Area Sales Manager of Neon Group Thailand Limited.

Another sponsor was Regus Harbor Mall in Laem Chabang with serviced offices, and Benjamin Hughes, General Manager of the Regus was on hand to explain just how his serviced offices worked.

The third sponsor was the Maximum Performance Wellness Center Team, Pavinee, Kanyapat, Dr. Tim Lopez, Medical Science Liaison, and Piyawadee, all very enthusiastically extolling the virtues of testosterone for gentlemen over the age of 50.

(L to R) Mark Bowling, Associate Director, Sales & Leasing of C.I.T. Property Consultants Co., John Manley, Executive Assistant Manager of Hard Rock Hotel Pattaya, Andrew Mcdowell, Group Managing Director of Vinarco International, Benjamin Huges, General Manager of Regus Harbor Mall, Chris Thatcher, Vice Chairman of BCCT, Dr. Tim Lopez, Medical Science Liaison of the Maximum Performance Wellness Center, Sarudha Netsawang, Membership Manager of the AmCham, and Simon Matthews, Country Manager Thailand, Manpower Group.

Other hotels and resorts also seized the opportunity to keep their properties in the forefront, including Kate Gerits the GM of the Holiday Inn, Narawadee Thongboonchoo, the sales manager for the Mercure Pattaya Ocean Resort, and Richard Gamlin from the Amari.

A delegation from the University of Canberra (Australia) was led by Petra Bouvan, with Emilie Karyn Hall, Megan Marie Arthur, Megan Rodd, Snehaal Sunaina, Mosa Sesele and Ashlee Malcolm.

The Hard Rock team (L to R) Jurairat Torvichien, Corporate Sales Manager, Shirmarn Honda, Senior Sales Manager, Kitirak Innok, Assistant Director of Corporate Sales, and Nujaree Nutayabut, Sales Service Executive.

The Automotive Focus Group always helps to swell the ranks with Armin Walter from Powertech Engine Assembly Chonburi, Jerry Stewart and Frank Holzer, Executive General Manager of MHG Thailand.

With a reputed 160 networkers attending that evening, this was one of the more successful events for the BCCT, and for the Hard Rock Hotel able to show off their newly appointed Drum Room.

Trade consultants from Bartercard Pattaya, Yuranun Intaraksa and Sirinapa Tusawong.

(L to R) Dr. Iain Corness, Petra Bouvain and Richard Gamlin.

(L to R) Scott Finsten, the Harbor Master at Ocean Marina Yacht Club, Karsten Deckert, Rene Boner and Roland Sensch.

(L to R) Sarudha Netsawang, Membership Manager of the AmCham, Rungjit Jarernponganarn, events manager from BCCT, Patomporn Trongjit, membership coordinator from AmCham, and Alexander Martin from AmCham.

(L to R) Bill Dulmage, Andrew Mcdowell, Group Managing Director of Vinarco International, Matt Wolstenholme, Regional Director of Vinarco International, and David Pollock.

(L to R) Peter Malhotra, Managing Director of the Pattaya Mail Media Group, Kanjana Ngamkalong, Marketing Communications Manager of Hard Rock Hotel, and Simon Matthews, Country Manager Thailand, Manpower Group.

(L to R) Dr. Iain Corness, Kate Gerits, General Manager of Holiday Inn Pattaya, and John Manley, Executive Assistant Manager of Hard Rock Hotel Pattaya.

Students from the University of Canberra (L to R) Emilie Karyn Hall, Megan Marie Arthur, Megan Rodd, Snehaal Sunaina, Mosa Sesele and Ashlee Malcolm.

(L to R) Armin Walter from Powertech Engine Assembly Chonburi, Thailand, Jerry Stewart, and Frank Holzer, Executive General Manager of MHG Thailand Co., Ltd.